Army there to protect you: Interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma to Kashmiri youths in Pune
In an interaction with Kashmiri youths in Pune on Monday, Centre’s interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma said the Indian Army in the Valley to protect the Kashmiris, and that the increased military deployment has been done to check infiltration and ceasefire violation in the border areas with Pakistan.
“The people of Kashmir need to believe that the Army is there to protect them,” Sharma said in a discussion with Kashmiri youth organised by NGO Sarhad. “Unless Kashmiri people believe that the forces deployed in Jammu and Kashmir are meant to protect them, the peace process won’t speed up.
“I am also of the opinion but the number of forces have increased in border areas, unfortunately due to infiltration activities and shelling from across the border.”
Reaching out to the Kashmiri youth, Sharma admitted there is “trust deficit” on both sides. His suggestion: “Kashmiri people should go to different parts of India while people from other parts of India should visit Kashmir. That is one of the ways to reduce the trust deficit.”